Wisconsin Act 31 in PK-16 Education

 

 

 

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About J P Leary

J P Leary (Cherokee/Delaware) serves as Assistant Professor of Humanistic Studies-First Nations Studies and a faculty member with the Education Center for First Nations Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  From 1996 until 2011, he served as the American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies (concentrations in history of education and policy analysis) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His dissertation, “The Tangled Roots of Act 31: American Indians and Curriculum Policy in Wisconsin,” examines Act 31 as an outcome of past curriculum policy decisions at the national, state, and local level that limited opportunities to learn about American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty.

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Four Approaches
  1. Learn about the 12,000 year span of human history of the Great Lakes, including the 12 contemporary nations and explore personal schemas & enduring stereotypes of American Indians
  2. Receive instruction in the scope & language of Act 31 along with history, culture & sovereignty of WI Indian nations
  3. Analyze & critique the approaches of curriculum and materials
  4. Modify or create curriculum addressing Act 31 and reflect through portfolios 

 

Act 31 on the UW Campus

The Act's greatest impact on programs at the University of Wisconsin, is that each teacher seeking a license from the state must have instruction in American Indian history, culture and tribal sovereignty, Meeting the requirement of Act 31 is more than an obligation for certification; it represents our university’s commitment to serve our diverse communities and the American Indian tribes and bands who reside within its borders. The Act 31 Coordinator connects with various partners in the School of Education and across the State of Wisconsin to develop the Act 31 implementation plan for the School of Education. 

 

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​Act 31 Across WIsconsin

  • The state of Wisconsin was charged with creating a curriculum for grades 4-12 on American Indian treaty rights. It included a mandate for school programming to give students an understanding of different value systems, cultures, and human relations. 
  • Schools are required to teach American Indian studies at least 3 times throughout a student’s K-12 career and must maintain instructional materials which appropriately reflect diverse cultures.


  

Act 31 on the UW Campus

Each teacher seeking a license from the state must have instruction in American Indian history, culture and tribal sovereignty, ​meeting the requirement of Act 31 is more than an obligation for certification; it represents our university’s commitment to serve our diverse communities and the American Indian tribes and bands who reside within its borders.


  

News and Media Resources

The following links are to media resources, television, and radio that covers news and entertainment for and about American Indian nations and tribal communities across Wisconsin, the United States, and Canada.